Cover Story: The New Ethanol

Grain-based ethanol is under fire for contributing to world food shortages. Many now hail cellulosic as the answer to the world’s mounting fuel crisis. But is this ‘next generation’ biofuel an ideal solution or a troubling compromise?

by Mary Baxter

It is a Thursday night in early April and Tom Cox is talking about ethanol. In particular, he is discussing a largely farmer-owned ethanol production venture, which goes by the name of Integrated Grain Producers Co-operative (IGPC) and which could begin operation in Aylmer as early as this month.

Better Farming - June/July 2008